The Philadelphia Flyers centerman will be a player to keep an eye on as the team takes on the St. Louis Blues.
Fresh off an exciting 6-5 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday, the Philadelphia Flyers will take a brief trip to the Midwest and face off with the reigning Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center. The Flyers have had their issues with playing in an opposing arena throughout the year, which was evident on their recent six-game roadie and will hope to snap a four-game road losing streak with a win over the Central Division tonight.
In order to do just that, Philadelphia has to have a few of their top-end players step up against the ever-so-talented Blues squad. For that reason, I’m going to highlight Sean Couturier as a player to watch for the Fly Guys this evening. It goes without saying that Philly needs their best two-way forward to do what he does best and shut down the opposition whenever he takes a shift, but Couturier’s offensive capabilities must shine through, as well. St. Louis, like Boston, have one of the better defensive teams in the league this year, tying for the fourth-least amount of total Goals Against with 122 in 47 games played. That averages out to just under 2.6 goals surrendered per contest, which my groundbreaking analysis says is pretty good. For that reason, the Flyers have to get another excellent performance out of Coots, who’s coming off of a three-point outing in the win over the Bruins.
As for who’ll start in net for the Orange and Black tonight, Brian Elliott will get the nod from Alain Vigneault to take on his former team. Carter Hart was projected to face the Montreal Canadiens in the second half of a back-to-back on Thursday but suffered some sort of lower-body injury during practice on Tuesday. The team is set to provide an update today (Wednesday), so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that it’s not anything too serious.
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Puck drop is set for 8 pm EST. You can watch the game nationally on NBCSN or TVAS in Canada.